The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera issued a call to write to Colombian revolutionary and U.S. political prisoner Ricardo Palmera. The call is reproduced below. For more information on the case of Ricardo Palmera, see the NCFRP’s Ricardo Palmera Fact Sheet.
March 24, 2009
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera is calling on people everywhere to stand for human rights and social justice in opposition to the cruel and unusual treatment of Ricardo Palmera, a negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a Colombian political prisoner of the U.S. Empire held in the Florence Colorado Supermax Prison. Professor Palmera is being held in 23-hour solitary lock-down with no access to the outside world.
This is a repost from the old ML blog.
Colombia: Mercenaries freed, FARC carries forward fight for liberation
Free Ricardo Palmera!
FIGHT BACK! NEWS: Analysis by Tom Burke
The Bush Pentagon and State Department are crowing after a raid in which 15 prisoners of war, including three American mercenaries, were freed. What they are not telling you is that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were preparing to unilaterally release the prisoners in early July 2008.
The FARC moved the prisoners of war from three separate jungle camps to one location, planning to transfer them by helicopter and release them to French and Swiss government envoys. It was a simple plan that would have given the FARC a platform to demand freedom for 500 FARC fighters in Colombian prisons. For FARC negotiator Ricardo Palmera and rebel Sonia (Anayibe Rojas Valderrama), held as hostages in U.S. jails, the raid and the refusal of the U.S. and Colombian governments to negotiate is bad news.
During its 44 years of fighting a guerrilla war in the countryside of Colombia, the FARC has unilaterally released prisoners a number of times, including seven months ago. These prisoner releases provide a rare opportunity for the FARC to present their political views and talk about pathways to social justice and peace in Colombia. At the prisoner release ceremonies, the FARC message sharply contrasts with the typical media distortions and censorship about them. In recent times, the U.S. strategy is to criminalize the FARC, to make it impossible for the FARC to negotiate with the Colombian government (or anyone else) and to deny the legitimate struggle of the peasants and workers. Continue reading
Posted in Colombia, National Liberation, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Armed Struggle, Colombia, FARC-EP, Fight Back!, Latin America, mercenaries, National Liberation, parapoliticas, Plan Colombia, political prisoners, Revolution, Simon Trinidad, Sonia, Tom Burke
The following is a fact sheet about the U.S. extradition, trials, and imprisonment of Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad) put out by the National Committee To Free Ricardo Palmera in 2008. It is also available in .doc format for printing out and distributing here. For regular and ongoing coverage of the struggle to free Comrade Palmera, check out Fight Back! News.
FREE RICARDO PALMERA!
We demand the U.S. government free Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera, a political leader and negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Professor Palmera has done nothing wrong. To the contrary, he consistently defends the sovereignty of his country, Colombia’s independence, and the rights of the Colombian people.
Ricardo Palmera’s extradition, imprisonment, and trials are part of the U.S. Pentagon’s counter-insurgency war. Palmera is the latest victim of the Bush Administration’s so-called “War on Terror”; an unending war that respects no national boundaries and leads to repression and death around the world.
U.S. WAR IN COLOMBIA – PLAN COLOMBIA
Imposing “Plan Colombia”, the U.S. government is intervening directly in Colombia’s civil war — arming, training, and commanding the Colombian Military and backing the corrupt government of a small wealthy elite. The Pentagon’s Southern Command gives orders to Colombia’s generals. President Bush has doubled U.S. military advisors to 800 and contract mercenaries to 600. The U.S. government’s dirty war in Colombia costs over $5 billion in taxpayers’ money. It goes to the Colombian Military and its death squads who torture and kill trade unionists, students, and peasants. The paramilitary death squads are part and parcel of the Colombian state, serving the interests of U.S. corporations like Occidental Oil, Chiquita Banana, Drummond Coal, and Coca-Cola. Plan Colombia is a plan for poverty, misery and death. It rains down terror upon Colombia’s poor. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, National Liberation, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Colombia, FARC, FARC-EP, Latin America, Plan Colombia, political prisoners, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Simon Trinidad